Enjoying Art is Good for our Health

By Jennifer Wiesner
Originally published on Latin Colors Magazine, March 2016

Did you know that your state of health, your satisfaction with life and your levels of anxiety and depression are closely associated with your participation in activities of art and culture?

This is very true not only because I have experienced it personally and have witnessed the benefits that are offered to my students. For example: in the art of dance, if you do it on a regular basis, it provides many positive health benefits. I will mention only a few for reference:

Dance helps the heart.
If you dance on a regular basis, it helps to improve heart function.

Dancing also helps your physical performance
Besides increasing your physical strength, dancing increases your energy.

Dance helps reduce stress and depression,
Dancing helps to regulate you serotonin and dopamine levels. These are chemicals produced by the body that function as neurotransmitters. Serotonin is known as the chemical responsible for maintaining balance in our state of mind. In other words, if there is a deficit of serotonin in our body it can lead to depression. The inadequate production and regulation of these neurotransmitters is the cause of many medical conditions.

If you have never taken a dance class or an art class in general, but you’ve always admired it, you will also receive benefits.

Studies have shown that those who are fond of visiting art galleries, museums, theatres, regularly attend concerts or the ballet are people who enjoy good mental, physical and spiritual health.

In summary; while more cultural experience, better your health condition and therefore better quality of life.

Take a walk to the Museum and consider taking art classes, read and educate yourself, the least it can do for us is prolonging our life with good health.